The Seattle Mariners (15-18) and New York Yankees (17-14) will open up a three-game American League series on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET
Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees
Seattle finished with a 4-2 record on its recently completed six-game homestand, including a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. The Mariners have gone “under” the total in seven of their last 10 games. The club will be looking to snap a six-game losing streak on the road, as the offense has hit just .219 and scored 12 runs over that span. Third baseman Kyle Seager has been one of the few bright spots in the lineup recently, batting .349 with 13 RBIs in his last 12 games. Seattle is 11-14 versus right-handed starters and the “under” is 14-11 in that situation.
Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (3-1, 1.89 ERA) has watched his club alternate wins and losses over his last four outings, coming off a 7-0 home win over the Minnesota Twins last time out. The right-hander tossed eight shutout innings and allowed just a single hit in that effort. Hernandez has registered a perfect 2-0 mark and 2.76 ERA in four road starts, issuing just eight walks and striking out 24. He absolutely loves pitching inside of the new Yankee Stadium, posting a 3-0 record and 0.38 ERA in three outings.
New York won two of three against the Tampa Bay Rays to open up its six-game homestand, including a 5-3 win on Thursday night. The Yankees have also been playing low-scoring games of late, going “under” the total in eight of their last 10 contests. Second baseman Robinson Cano is starting to heat up at the right time, batting .375 with two home runs over his last eight games, which could easily continue due to his .355 career batting average versus Hernandez. The club has won seven of the last 11 meetings in this series. New York is 2-3 as a home favorite of -125 to -150 this season.
Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (2-4, 3.75 ERA) is coming off a 5-1 road loss to the Kansas City Royals, giving up three runs (two earned) and six hits over just 4.1 innings of work. The right-hander has tallied a 2-1 record and 3.26 ERA in three home starts, issuing three walks and striking out 13 in 19.1 frames. Kuroda suffered a 4-2 loss in his only career start against the Seattle Mariners as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 28, 2009, allowing four runs and eight hits over 6.1 innings.
Bettors will likely back the Mariners due to their 7-3 record as an underdog of +110 to +150, while the Yankees are 2-5 following a win.
Pick: Seattle Mariners +128
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